Equipment supplied to strengthen monitoring and management
One of the practical contributions the PA Financing Project has made has been to finance the purchase of equipment needed to mark PA boundaries, and research wildlife diversity and movement.
A Total Station, which is an an electronic theodolite (a precision instrument used for boundary surveying) was purchased for use by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. Several training sessions have now been conducted at the Institute of BioDiversity (IBD) to familiarize PA staff with the use of the instrument with the participation of INSTUN (Institut Tanah dan Ukur Negara).
In addition, a total of 20 camera traps were purchased to be used in monitoring wildlife movements and for surveillance against illegal activities inside the three focal protected areas. Eight units were assigned to Royal Belum State Park; eight units were given to Johor National Parks Corporation to be used in Endau Rompin National Park; and a further four units are being used for training purposes at IBD.
Rangers at both Royal Belum and Endau Rompin have previously undergone training in the use of camera traps and are employing them in their wildlife monitoring programmes, Since the camera traps have been installed, they have yielded some exciting sightings of endangered wildlife and are contributing valuable data that will assist in the protection of these species.